Dominion Winter Brew 2005 | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Winter Brew 2005Dominion Winter Brew 2005

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ManekiNeko on 11-20-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by beerking1:
Photo of beerking1
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a New Year's Eve vertical tasting that featured 3 years of Winter Brew. This is the best of the 3. Starts out with a BIG hoppy aroma, but with some good balancing malt, and perhaps hints of vanilla. Flavor is malty with a strong hop backbone. Really nice balance between the malt and the hops. Finishes very roasty, with some hop and raisin notes.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The Dominion Winter Brew 2005, bottled on 111705, pours from the 12oz bottle a deep red with orange and caramel hues. A small off white head of tiny bubbles appears atop the brew. Aromas of a mellow caramel maltiness overlayed by a buttery diacetyl. Some citrusy and piney hops make an appearance as well, however it doesn't make up for the buttery scent that quite puts me off.

First sip brings a sweet caramel maltiness upfront along with a slight buttery flavor as well. A mix of earthy, citric, piney hops flows in midway through each sip. Finishes with a touch of bitterness. Overall, this one really falls apart and the diacetyl drags it down.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied carbonation. I can't fault it. Overall, this IPA didn't do anything for me and I can't say I'd look for it again. I'll be looking forward to some of Old Dominion's other offerings instead. Thanks to kmpitz2 for letting me try this one.

Music: Panic! At The Disco - Nails For Breakfast, Tacks For Snacks

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The label on the bottle says that this is a winter warmer. Beer Advocate says its an American IPA. I dont know which is more accurate.

This beer doesnt seem to have the intense hop characteristics of an IPA, but then it also doesnt really seem to have the spices of a winter warmer. The 3 types of hops are definitely front & center, but they seem to die down fairly quickly. There is also a faint metallic undertone thing going on. Kind of limp & watery mouthfeel.

A rather confusing & lackluster beer overall.

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Photo of sponberg
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FBG 3C's for the bottle!!

Appearance: Pours a medium dark amber, with a big foamy white head that lasts a loong time. There's still lace on the glass.

Smell: A bit of diacetyl/butterscotch in the nose, with a dryish spicy hoppiness in the background.

Taste: FIRM bitterness grabs and sucks on the tongue like a freshman college woman who hasn't yet learned to kiss. One of the more complex bitternesses I've had - loaded with spicy, piney, earthy aromatics that head north to the back of the nose, along with a dry leaves kind of earthiness (that'd be the Liberty hop, an all time favorite) that sits happily on the tongue, like a freshman college woman who hasn't yet learned to, umm, never mind. A dry, somewhat apple-fruity maltiness arrives in the middle, rounding out the flavors more, along with a bit of diacetyl. Whiffs of alcohol arrive towards the end, along with the citric hops I was expecting from the blurb on the bottle from the get go.

Mouthfeel: RRoooound and smooth, like the chick on the Killian's red commercial used to say. She was hot. Knew more about beer than most college freshman as well.

Drinkability: This brew is a bit different than a lot of winter ales in its balance - much more tilted towards the bitter end than the hoppy American style or malty English style ales. You'd need to like it's particular bitterness to really drink a lot of them. I happen to like it - Liberty's a vastly underused college fresh, err, hop.

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Photo of warriorsoul
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many thanks to kmpitz2 for this hand delivery.
Bottles 11/05.
Amber in color with a full finger and a half of light tan head...goes nowhere and produces very thick, web-like lacing.
Some butterscotch in the nose with unfortunately not much else can work its way through.
Taste is still buttery, but has enough hops to distract me and a sweetness to go down quite easily. Mildly spiced and finishes with some creamy bitterness.
Typically real impressed with Dominion, but this one is not getting it done...would like to try it on tap for comparison.
Easy enough to consume a pint, but I'll search out something else after this one.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ol' Dom's Winnter Brew 2005. Bottled 11.11.05. "Designed by brewer Favio Garcia, this winter warmer is a big ale that is lushly hopped with Liberty, Cascade, and Centennial hops. Whole leaf Cascase hops are added in the lauter tun. A delicious beer to toast the holiday season."

Color is a clear and fiery copper in appearance. Thin layer of white head leaves a sticky patchwork of lace on the glass. Nose of mostly resinous hops, some sweetness, and a dash of spice. Flavor seemed somewhat of a hodge-podge of stuff going on. Didn't come together as well as I'd hoped. Up front sweetness meets a citrusy hop middle and then things seem to get garbled. There's a spicy-peppery-cinnamony funk right at the end that just didn't sit well with me. Sweet aftertaste. I was very surprised at how thin this was. Almost to the point of watery. Decently carbonated. Not nearly as drinkable as I'd hoped. I hope some aging will change the flavor profile somewhat.

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Photo of Zorro
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of SS 05 BIF and Meathookjones. Bottling date is 11/17/05.

Pours a clear copper colored ale with a good tan head.

Smell is lots of dark roasted malt and caramelized sugars with a citrus hop zing. Individual scents of chocolate, smoke and orange. Faint spice scents of cinnamon and ginger.

Taste is malty with a trace of sweetness that is quickly overcome by roasted malt and hop bitterness at the beginning. Lots of chocolate and caramel flavors here but the bitterness from the hops keeps snuffing it out before you can fully taste them. This is certainly a highly hopped beer but it really is more of an ESB than an IPA. There is a clash here in the flavors, the hops are overdone and take over. There does seem to be some spices added but the hops interfere with trying to identify them.

Mouthfeel is OK.

I just can't give this that high a drinkability rank; it tastes like a beer with a misjudged bitterness level. This just might mellow out and become good after aging for a year but right now it is harsh. Worth trying at least once but I suggest not buying a six pack of this one.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap (free) at the brewery during a tour.
Poured a very dark amber--almost brown--with a hefty tan foam. Retention lasted throughout the glass and left big wafts of lacing. Beautiful looking brew
Smelled like an American version of an oktoberfest. It had the hefty malt bacbone, but with a crap load of aromatic hops
Flavor came up with the same characteristics. It had a steady malt backbone, with loads of bready and caramel goodness, but with hops all over the place. Definite noble hop flavor that was really enjoyable. Was creamy, smooth, and worth several (think we had three or four freebies on the tour)

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Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber with a good sized head and decent lacing. Nice amount of bitter hops in that aroma with a toasty malt sweetness backing it up. Some caramel and a light fruitiness to it. Sweet caramel and toasted malts start off the flavor with a nice bitter edge. Plenty of earthy hops and light fruit notes. Ends on a bitter sweet note. Solid body with a creamy smooth feel. Very drinkable stuff, solid flavor and a good all around beer. Its seems more of a hoppy winter warmer than an IPA.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle provided by AKSmokedPorter via BS-BIF

Pours a copper color with a white head that recedes to the inside of the glass. Mild lacing on the glass.

Has a fruity/citrusy hoppy aroma with some caramel underones. Has a slight sweetness to the smell.

Nice citrusy hops upfront followed by a nice caramel malt flavor. Finishes fairly clean with a nice smooth bitterness.

A quite drinkable IPA. I'd certainly go for another.

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Photo of wingnutter
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, minimal head. Smell has some hops and some sweet fruitiness. Looks tasty

Taste: Hops up front, nice bitterness. I think I taste a winter spice of some sort but cant put my finger on it. Almost has a feint wine-like flavor in the middle somewhere. Malty sweetness gives it some balance. Very unique. BA lists this as an IPA, but Im not sure if it isnt closer to an ESB. The hops are there, but are not overpowering...Its almost like theres TOO many flavors competing for attention. Lots of flavors but nothing jumping out at me and taking center stage....As it warms, it gets a bit of charm and the taste changes a bit - A nice citrusy thing happening behind the hops..

Meduim mouthfeel. I like the finish of this beer. Kinda dry, kinda sweet, kinda bitter, with the wine thing going on again in the background. Makes me want to take another drink right away. The wine-like flavor seems out of place for ths style, but its a decent beer nonetheless.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from pentathlete as part of the OneBox BIF. Thanks for the opportunity. Bottling date of 111105 marked on label.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the dark orangey copper brew. Head fades slowly, with heavy sticky lacing. Aroma is lightly sugary malts, with a lemony hoppiness cutting through. Taste is intermingled citric bitterness and malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is slippery smooth, and drinkability is excellent as well. Another nice winter brew from them this year.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bronzed copper beer pours with a modest off white head of mixed sized bubbles that slowly settles to a skim coat of foam. No lacing to be had. The smell is lush with fresh hops, fruity in a Cascade way. As it warms, there are hints of caramel underneath. The taste is sweet and malt filled up front with a modestly assertive hop finish. The hops are not jagged, but instead they've had their teeth filed down just a bit to ease their bite. Even so, there is still plenty of evidence that they've been here. Big bodied, but creamy and smooth, with mild carbonation. This is wonderfully balanced and highly drinkable. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear bronze-ish amber color with a full beige head, low-slow carbonation, and nice lace rings and lace. Intense hoppy aroma -- mostly citrus with a touch of earthiness. All hop in terms of balance ... lots of citrus and bitterness combined. Medium-full bodied with a fairly bitter finish.

Per Bottle: "Liberty, Cascade, and Centennial hops" & "Whole leaf Cascade hops in Lauter Tun"

Bottled: 11/11/05
Tasted: 12/03/05

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear carmel brown colored body, nice head which fades fast to athing layer of offwhite foam.

Smell: Not really a good harbinger of how great the flavor is, which it is. Floral/fruity hops are present, but not very bold or spicy.

Taste: Great. Has a grat fruity/toasted quality, with plenty of hop bitterness, a little cotton candy and carmel. A very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Also very good, nice sharp carbonation, but by no means spritzy.

Drinkability: I have had many IPAs, and this one has the makings of a great one, but falls a tad short in some areas.

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Photo of gus
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An intense hop aroma is evident. A moderately orange/rust tint, very clear with a off white head that is maintained while drinking. Good overall flavor, medium to high hop bitterness but does not remain with aftertaste. Medium carbonation gives this beer a slight dry sensation. Overall I would consider this beer a slightly strong American Pale Ale. A decent winter beer to enjoy for the holiday season.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, great to see more winter ale IPA's. A classica IPA pour straight from the bottle shows heavy carbonation releasing a heavy froth and imense spiciness and sweetness. The malts are medium but bold with a molassas, caramel, toffee flavor; but not the heavy or sugary sweetness. Solid hop bittering with hop flavor and aromas are surely cascade hops. The finish is bold hop flavor and less drying that you'd think. Finishes clean and refreshing with a spiciness and hoppiness. A beautiful beer throughout.

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Photo of WesWes
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful malt aroma that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a complex hop aroma that is bitter and complimentary. It's sweet with some toasted notes . The taste is good. It has an extremely smooth taste that is heavy on both malts and hops. It goes down easy with some residual sweetness and warmth. The hops explode in the finish and add a bitter aftertaste when the malts have faded. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn good IPA. It's full flavored with a complex malt bill as well as being bitter with a nice selection of hops. This is a good drinker. It should be available year round.

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Photo of gosurfobx
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with slight head that goes to a film in a few minutes. Smell of hops and some spices. Taste has good hop complexity but not overly bitter with some slight malt flavor. Mouthfeel is good and the beer is drinkable, but I'll try something else next time.

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Photo of bruachan
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

yeah, so it's out of season already. sue me

nice dark amber. crystal clear with a creamy slightly-off-white head

slight yogurty aroma, floral hops
at first there's a slight metallic taste (only at first, was it really there?), but it doesn't persist. spicy bitterness with some fresh hop flavor

it's good, but i preferred the baltic porter

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper hue, almost amber with a 2" foamy off white head the quickly dissipated leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Initially fruity with slight caramel overtones. Somewhat herbal and musty at the same time.

Taste: Starts with a somewhat malty beginning, sweet with molasses and dark fruits, gives way to nice hoppy finish with hints of citrus rind and pine. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation levels are spot on with a medium body.

Drinkability: This seems like more of an ESB than AIPA or maybe more of an English IPA. Doesn't hit you over the head with hops and is nicely balanced with a malty sweetness. A very easy drinking beer that I could easily drink in a session. Definitely worth a try. Another good beer from Old Dominion. Seek and enjoy.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this one at the store and immediately picked it up, with lots of anticipation. Sorry to say, but it was a little bit disappointing. I was expecting something a little more exciting from OD for their winter offering. Instead, I got an above average IPA. I'm not saying it was bad, just nothing what I was expecting. Basically, the smell/taste was dominated with big hops, light malts, and some different fruits. It's was ok for what it was... I guess.

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Photo of gbarron
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - deep amber, sparkling clear. Carbonation appears to be in the medium range. Head a nice white, bubbly, not pillowy.

Smell - lots and lots of citrus. Distinctive American hops smell. Some malty roastiness there, some sweetness. Farily well balanced, favoring the hops.

Taste - great American hop flavor. Taste of grapefruit. Nice malt backbone supporting the hops, which do not overwhelm. Some roasty notes implying biscuit malt, finishes fairly dry and not very sweet. Hops dominate, but not by a lot. Can't taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - surprisingly thin considering the OG. Dries your mouth out a tad due to the bitterness, but that's what you expect in an American IPA. Doesn't 'feel' like a big beer/winter warmer in your mouth, more like a grownup IPA.

Drinkability - a beer I would be glad to have a few of, but watch out because the alcohol will sneak up on you after a bit. A beer very easy to sit down with and enjoy with a heavy meal. Doesn't completely warp your tastebuds with hops, yet the hops dominate the beer.

Overall, I would describe this beer as a 'smaller' Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Similar flavor, but thinner and just a bit quieter on all fronts. Very drinkable and enjoyable, but not the most exciting winter offering out there.

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Photo of jaluria
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark rust colored beer with plenty of foam that leaves quickly and leaves behind just a bit of lacing. Aromas of hops, dried fruit, grass, and pine seem to come out nicely. The taste is a refreshing blend of hop bitterness and toasted sugar. The flavors seem to challenge one another for dominance and so each flavor comes out differently in each sip. Very enjoyable. Not a great example of an AIPA, but still a great beer. Seems as though some spices were added to this as it aged to give a 'holiday' feel to it. It's this spice texture that doesn't sit well with me, especially in the aftertaste. I only tasted this after a few of these, so the drinkability is still good.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep apricot color with impressive tannish head. Very slowly fell to a thick ring with nice surface caoting. Excellent lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is piney, cirtrus, with a bit of caramel notes. Taste is excellent with a nice toasted maltiness combined with a moderate hop bitter dryness mixed with caramel textures. Finish is the same mixture of malt and hops and is very enjoyable. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability with the alcohol content extremely well hidden. This is a really great beer.

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Dominion Winter Brew 2005 from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 37 ratings